In her post game press conference, Texas Tech head coach Kristy Curry, who has her squad off to their second consecutive 9-0 start, quoted a legendary coach who experienced a lot of success in his coaching career.
Curry quoted the great John Wooden about how to handle success, which with another win - beating Illinois 70-64 on Saturday – the Lady Raider program has once again found consistent success with their second straight undefeated start in three years.
The Lady Raiders (9-0) entered the game riding an eight-game winning streak, and had won seven of their previous eight games by 25 or more points.
Illinois, despite entering the game with a losing record, put up a good fight against Tech only trailing by four points, 27-23, at the half.
The Fighting Illini (4-6) only shot 19.4 percent from the field, while the Lady Raiders shot 40.9 percent from the field.
The Lady Raiders were able to hold off the Fighting Illini's surges of offense, as Illinois never led in the entire game.
Free throws proved to be big down the stretch, Tech finished the game 26-for-37 from the charity stripe, Shauntal Nobles finished the game 7-for-12 from the line. Illinois on the other hand went just 19-for-25 from the free-throw line.
The Lady Raiders ended up having five players reach double-digits in scoring, and senior Kierra Mallard scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and 20th of her career.
Christine Hyde led the Lady Raiders with 18 points, which tied a career high, and went 3-for-6 from 3-point range, which also marked a new career-high in 3-pointers made.
Tech returns to the court on Wednesday to take on Western Kentucky with first tip coming at 7 p.m. inside the United Spirit Arena.